The Bulldogs defeated the Bears on Saturday in a 63-38 shootout in Providence. With Princeton’s loss to Dartmouth, Yale now finds itself tied for first place in the Ivy League with two games remaining. Given Dartmouth’s remaining schedule, Yale will likely need to go 2-0 down the stretch to claim a share of the title.
Grooms continued to add to his highlight reel finishing 18 of 26 for 330 passing yards and 3 touchdowns. Dudek was still out with an injury suffered in the UCONN game, so Reno opted for a running back by committee approach that proved successful. Alston led the pack with 84 rushing yards (6.5 yards per carry) and 2 touchdowns. Josh McKenzie looked solid adding 25 yards and a touchdown on just 4 carries. Peterson and McElwain also found success averaging 5.3 yards per carry and 4.3 yards per carry respectively. Rouse was unstoppable hauling in 5 catches for 119 yards and a touchdown. Carrington finished with 3 catches for 75 yards and a touchdown on a 65-yard pass from Grooms. Pantelis was one of the stars on Saturday with a receiving touchdown, a rushing touchdown on a fumble recovery and several great kick returns. The offensive line had one of its better performances this season as far as run blocking and an above average day in pass blocking. 3 sacks were allowed in the contest but 2 of the sacks appeared to be coverage sacks.
The defense did just enough to hold on for a victory yet without the offense’s 7 touchdowns, this would have been a very different game. Brown racked up 507 yards of total offense, 25 first downs and scored on all 3 trips to the redzone. Perry completed 56.8% of his passes for 261 yards and 3 touchdowns while running for another 74 net yards and catching a 64-yard touchdown on a trick play. Brown’s rushing attack accounted for 171 yards or 4.2 yards per carry as the Bulldogs failed to assert dominance at the line of scrimmage. Pass defense was a sore spot for Yale as Brown posted 336 passing yards for a 14.6 yards per catch average. Perry attacked the edges of Yale’s secondary finding open receivers all too often. Our defense’s depth was hampered by the absences of Owens and Awodiran who can hopefully bounce back for the final two contests. Freshman corner Sean Guyton saw extended playing time and intercepted Perry twice, one of which he returned for a touchdown. Pope was in the right place at the right time recovering a Brown fumble for a scoop-and-score touchdown. The two defensive scores by the Elis were backbreakers for the Bears who could not afford any offensive miscues to stay alive in this shootout. Our defensive coaches have much work to do over the next two weeks in trying to craft gameplans that will limit the Tigers and Crimson.
Bosman was perfect on all 9 PAT’s but missed a 41-yard field goal in the first quarter. Pantelis was explosive on kick returns with 4 returns for a whopping 152 yards. Princeton and Harvard will certainly be taking a hard look at their kickoff coverage with the threat of a long return by Pantelis.